Taste of Brasil | Oak Park/River Forest | Latin American, South American | Restaurant
Oak Park restaurant serving salgadinhos, small Brazilian snacks, and feijoada, the national dish, a stew of black beans and sausage.

Our Review

Restaurants where you can order one of everything on the menu and eat it all in the same sitting are rare, but if you're hungry, Taste of Brasil could be one. Salgadinhos, small Brazilian snacks, don’t dominate the menu at this cafe, with more than a dozen available. Favorites available when we went were the coxinhas de frango (chicken croquettes with onions and olives), risoles (croquettes with fillings including shrimp with tomato and beef with cream cheese), pao de queijo (cheese bread), kibe (Middle Eastern meatballs with bulgur and olives), empadinhas (tiny flaky-crusted pies) of heart of palm and cream cheese, and a guava and mozzarella empanada, the sole sweet offering. There's also feijoada, smoky black-bean stew liberally studded with pork and sausage, served with rice, collard greens, salad, and farofa, a side dish made of manioc flour. But the best thing on the menu had to be the tangy lemonade, made fresh with lemon and lime. The rest of the drinks menu is fairly standard cafe fare: coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

Julia Thiel

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